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Old 21st October 2010, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Kukulkan pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula

It's a good news/bad news situation for believers in the 2012 Mayan apocalypse.

The good news is that the Mayan "Long Count" calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with it).

The bad news for prophecy believers?

If the calendar doesn't end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will - or if it has already.

A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook "Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years.


Mayan calendar

That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events. (The doomsday worries are based on the fact that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, much as our year ends on Dec. 31.)

The Mayan calendar was converted to today's Gregorian calendar using a calculation called the GMT constant, named for the last initials of three early Mayanist researchers.


Professor Gerardo Aldana

Much of the work emphasized dates recovered from colonial documents that were written in the Mayan language in the Latin alphabet, according to the chapter's author, Gerardo Aldana, University of California, Santa Barbara professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Later, the GMT constant was bolstered by American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, who used data in the Dresden Codex Venus Table, a Mayan calendar and almanac that charts dates relative to the movements of Venus.

"He took the position that his work removed the last obstacle to fully accepting the GMT constant," Aldana said in a statement. "Others took his work even further, suggesting that he had proven the GMT constant to be correct."

But according to Aldana, Lounsbury's evidence is far from irrefutable.

"If the Venus Table cannot be used to prove the FMT as Lounsbury suggests, its acceptance depends on the reliability of the corroborating data," he said.

That historical data, he said, is less reliable than the Table itself, causing the argument for the GMT constant to fall "like a stack of cards."

Aldana doesn't have any answers as to what the correct calendar conversion might be, preferring to focus on why the current interpretation may be wrong.

Looks like end-of-the-world theorists may need to find another ancient calendar on which to pin their apocalyptic hopes.

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Old 21st October 2010, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: End of the World postponed

I think the time now is to think about how to conserve our environment and do our part as different individuals to do what we can do practice the 3 "R" - Recycle, Reuse, Reduce. Other than keep trying to find what, when or where we would die. So if we are "confirmed" dying on 2012 means we no need to eat. sleep or work?

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Old 21st October 2010, 02:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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rubbish la , everything .

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The world can't end, human is creating their own End of the World.

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Old 21st October 2010, 06:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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End of the humans rather than end of the world

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I don't believe in this things.

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End of the humans rather than end of the world
I agree with you

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Why is this news in Supernatural section?

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Human shld stop destorying this world to delay it longer...

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i guess this is gd news..

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I dont believe in the end of the world, even if it is true there is nothing to worry about since everyone will be gone.

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Actually there might no end of the world but because of human selfishness, it have created a day for end of the world...

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Well, there're a hellota this and that statements being made here.

Humans, as stated by many above, stand a huge chance of being the factor to why end-of-the-world will occur. That being said, it does not mean that humans will be the only factor that will eventually cause end-of-the-world. If something that is mammoth in space hits us, the sun, or anything fragile around us chances are, we'll be gone too.

As a whole, humans are generally destructive. But what about those that actually cared for the Earth? What about those that try their best to go carbon neutral? Isnt it unfair that we just bash them all together? As Homo sapiens, ain't we critizing ourselves too?

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i dun believe in the 2012 thinggy lor

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think further, at the moment u stop thinking, that will be the end of world

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end of the world is when u go to hell/heaven depend on ur sins

in the end we have ourselves to blame.

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dont know what is that ..

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end or no end, its a win win situation.

if it doesnt end, i can do everything i am still doing and more.



If it does end, it brings an end to all our petty conflcits, war, strife and stress.

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Everything about the 2012 is ...


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There is no end. Until you choose to end it.
Anyway, life won't stop moving even if the end of the world is the next minute

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